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danofpaco

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05-25-2014 01:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

My new G0555LANV came with an out of balance upper wheel. Grizzly sent me a replacement along with some bearings and urethane tires.

I haven’t started to take it apart yet, but before I do I wanted to see if anyone here is familiar with the process, and the tools I will need to make the swap. Any other pointers for the project?

Thanks for any help!

-- Dan :: Minnesota


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#1 posted 05-25-2014 01:47 AM

Haven’t done it on a Grizzly specifically, but it’s basically the same as a Delta and most other clone 14” machines.. just take off the hex nut, replace wheel, and put the nut back on. I’m surprised they shipped the bearings separately.. I would have thought they would already be installed in the wheel hub.. a little extra work but they are slip fit so it’s trivial to swap them out.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 12:24 AM

I’ve taken both wheels off my 17” Grizz and it is just a matter of removing the hex nut and pulling them off. It’s much easier to install tires with the wheels OFF the saw.

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 02:46 AM

I have a 20” Grizzly and the process is just like gfadvm described for his. Never had my hands on one of the 14” Grizzlies.

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danofpaco

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 04:41 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys. I took the wheel off today, to discover that the wheel Grizzly sent was different than the wheel on my saw. My wheel has a bearing front and back, with a bushing in between. The wheel they sent only has space for a bearing on the front, and the back has some sort of keyed slot with no space for a rear bearing. Guess I’ll be giving them another call on Tuesday…

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 03:11 PM

Sounds like you got the driven wheel (bottom). Did you take off the top wheel?

Digger

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danofpaco

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 07:41 PM

I did take off the top wheel – it was as simple as mentioned – just the single hex nut holding it on. It has a bearing in front and a bearing in back – with a bushing in between. I also found a drawing of the top wheel in the owners manual that also shows two snap rings between the bearings and the bushing.

Grizzly did not send me snap rings, or the bushing. Anyone familiar with the installation of these parts? When I get them on the phone tomorrow, in addition to the new wheel, I’ll ask about the snap rings and the bushing too… But considering the expert didn’t mention them the first time, I’d love to know if anyone here has experience with them.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#7 posted 05-27-2014 02:08 AM

The snap rings just prevent the bearings from being pushed in too far.. re-use your existing ones and the bushing. Put both rings in the new wheel and pop in the bearing on one side. Flip the wheel over, set the bushing in place and put in the other bearing. Then take the wheel and slide it on the shaft, moving the center bushing as required with a screwdriver or something similar. Put on the nut and tighten.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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danofpaco

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#8 posted 05-27-2014 02:38 AM

Thanks, MrUnix. Will I need a bearing puller then? I did pick up some snap ring pliers (have never used before) nor have I ever needed to pull bearings – sorry for the newbie questions.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#9 posted 05-27-2014 03:22 AM

No need for a puller. The old bearings can be driven out with a wooden dowel or large punch from the opposite side. Just push the center bushing out of the way so you can get to the inner races. The new bearings can usually be pushed in by hand, particularly with everything being new, and tightening up the nut will drive them in the rest of the way if necessary. If they are a bit tight, use a pipe or socket the same size as the bearings outter race and tap with a wooden mallet. Or if you want to get fancy, throw the bearings in the freezer for a bit before installing.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: you can find a few threads detailing the bearing removal and installation over at owwm, such as this one that has some good photos of the project. It’s for a Delta, but yours is pretty much identical.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 04:21 AM

Thanks again, Brad, and thanks for that link – very helpful and very much appreciated. Hopefully Grizzly doesn’t give me any grief and gets a new wheel in the mail ASAP!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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